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31 March1968
200 Feet for March 31st
Massimo Bacigalupo
Music by Guglielmo Pagnozzi

Shot and entirely edited in camera by 20-year-old experimental filmmaker Massimo Bacigalupo on a day in the spring of 1968 (31 March), this film is entitled 60 metres for 31 March: the sixty metres correspond to four blank 8mm reels. One of the most visionary titles of the Italian underground, it is divided into six episodes that take up the structure of the Katha Upanishad, the Indian text in which the young Nakiketa converses with death. Each part describes an event and refers to a literary and a pictorial source. We move from a room, to a garden, to water; we visit a girl, create stories and contemplate a young couple until darkness falls. The author of 60 metres is a protagonist of Italian experimental cinema and a figure on whom multiple intellectual and artistic influences converge, as well as the strong influence of the American avant-garde, thanks to direct contact with Ezra Pound and Stan Brakhage. "The film is structured in six Valleys (i.e. 'branches'), each of which starts with a reference to a literary text and a figurative one: Pound's The Cantos and Kandinsky's For Nina, Metaphors in Vision and an image from Brakhage's Dog Star Man, E.E. Cummings' Poems and Botticelli, Donne's Songs & Sonnets and Beardsley and Bosch, Durrel's Clea and Caravaggio, The Upanishads and The Egg Madonna. Each Valli is closed in its unity, the search for a conscious experience, even if it is spring (and Nakikestas' conversation with Yama or the Generous or Death). But, as Andreas Weiland comments in a poem: 'Let us not talk about who is being paid homage to and how, but let us talk about this: the discovery of the word is certainly something to behold'. The film, which was conceived silent, is soundtracked by Guglielmo Pagnozzi on 31 March 2023.